17 Feb '15, 12am

Lau Ah Tee Bak Kut Teh @ Whampoa West – One of Singapore’s pioneer Bak Kut Teh

I am always intrigued by the stories behind hawkers, and I hope that I am able to collect as much memories as possible before they disappear. That day, I visited Lau Ah Tee BKT (老亚弟肉骨茶), who is owned by Mr Sim Choon Lian, one of the pioneers of peppery Teochew Bak Kut Teh. Let me share a story with you. In the 1950s, Ng Mui Song (father of Ng Ah Sio) started selling peppery pork-based broth with herbs to the Chinese migrants at the current River Valley and Hill Street vicinity to boost their energy. These workers could not afford expensive medicinal tonics, so they relied on bak kut teh to keep themselves strong. Subsequently, Ng Mui Song’s business grew bigger and he was able to hire helper to help him, one of them is Lau Ah Tee. Lau Ah Tee was only 17 years old then. He shared with me how they used charcoal fire to cook the soup, transported water from neighbouring publi...

Full article: http://www.misstamchiak.com/lau-ah-tee-bkt/

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